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Thread #57099 Message #898066
Posted By: Steve Parkes
25-Feb-03 - 04:36 AM
Thread Name: History of Country Music: BBC2
Subject: RE: History of Country Music: BBC2
Greg, I'm really going on the impressions I get from ads in local papers for live performances. For quite a few years, there have been many C&W gigs, but not many folk gigs advertised apart from local festivals. I interpret this as meaning commercial venues find it profitable to put on Country bands and that advertising them puts more bums on seats. But not Folk bands.
I suppose (but I don't know!) it's the appeal of the exotic. Look at line dancing: it appeared just a few short years ago, but now there are shops that cater exclusively for line dancers. It's the old story of our own traditions not taken seriously.
And even Paul McCartney would have a problem with a song about stabbing one's illegitimate baby in the head with a penknife!